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Navaho

[nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh-]
noun, plural Nav·a·hos, Nav·a·hoes, (especially collectively) Nav·a·ho, adjective
  1. Navajo.
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Navajo

or Nav·a·ho

[nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh-]
noun, plural Nav·a·jos, Nav·a·joes, (especially collectively) Nav·a·jo for 1.
  1. a member of the principal tribe of the southern division of the Athabaskan stock of North American Indians, located in New Mexico and Arizona, and now constituting the largest tribal group in the U.S.
  2. the Athabaskan language of the Navajo.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Navajo, their language, or their culture: a Navajo blanket.
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Historical Examples

  • The Navaho had drawn rein to tail in behind the pony of his leader.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • The country was now unknown ground even to the old Navaho guide.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • The only other explanation was that the Navaho had been posted as guard at the cross cliff.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • Pete and the wounded Navaho hogtied Lennon with expert quickness.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • The young Navaho sprang forward, jabbering to his fellow tribesman.

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet


British Dictionary definitions for navaho

Navaho

Navajo

noun
  1. plural -ho, -hos, -hoes, -jo, -jos or -joes a member of a North American Indian people of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Athapascan group of the Na-Dene phylum
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Word Origin

C18: from Spanish Navajó pueblo, from Tena Navahu large planted field
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Word Origin and History for navaho

Navajo

Athabaskan people and language, 1780, from Spanish Apaches de Nabaju (1629), from Tewa (Tanoan) Navahu, said to mean literally "large field" or "large planted field," containing nava "field" and hu "valley." Spanish Navajo was used 17c. in reference to the area now in northwestern New Mexico.

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